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Hi you all.
Here I am. My new blog but now about my life as an Au Pair in America.
In about 9 days I leave this beautiful country named the Netherlands. The countdown is started yiehaaa.
I was always convinced that I knew where I would be the next few years. But taking this amazing year abroad I really don't know it yet. But hey let's say: sometimes it's better to leave ...
... of human habitation in the area. From the Middle Ages on it has always been recognised as an affluent city and therefore was walled at numerous times through history.
The Cathedral is amazing and commenced in 796 by Charlemagne it is the oldest Cathedral in Northern Europe. From 936 to 1531 it was the Coronation site of 30 or so German Kings. Just to be inside and touch the walls was amazing. Could not get enough of it.
And so to the cricket. By the time you ...
... visited at least one winery. This is Sunday's mission and I make my way to a castle I've heard of in the next town over, Canne.
As I follow the Jeker river that windes out of the city, I walk through Dutch farmlands. Wineries line the hill side stretching towards the horizon and the sun beats down on my face.
Chateau Neercanne appears ahead of me and I cross the river and begin to ...
... up behind us in the lock - a huge barge called Fighter. After two locks and some really stormy weather it's dark by the time we arrive in Maastricht and we miss the public moorings. After a couple of u-turns (in a really wide river) Martin decides to moor up on an empty and locked landing stage, not great for the dogs but too late to ...
... our overnight accommodation.
The following morning we will have an 8-hour bus ride to Tamatave/Toamasina, where the Africa Mercy is docked.
I'm pretty nervous for the adventure that lies ahead; but I am confident it will be an unforgettable and life-altering experience. An experience that wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of my parents, my employer, Mercy Ships Belgium and the not-for-profit organisation Acrima. Thank you!